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speaking of cultural differences and psychological traits which influence how we learn, and a series of downloadable PDFs on related subjects
http://www.psmag.com/magazines/pacific-standard-cover-story/joe-henrich-weird-ultimatum-game-shaking-up-psychology-economics-53135/

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speaking of legos, Nico71' series of creations

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a cardboard plotter produced at a workshop at the School of Art and Design in Offenbach about building digital devices out of cardboard, and where the students asked the instructor to build a machine as well <http://www.niklasroy.com/project/149/cardboard_plotter>

we seem to have a quiet group. I actually have been trying to play catch up with last week's video and the reading suggestions for this week. Watched the video on you tube. I thought some of the comments and criticisms there did not factor in the fact that the lecture is live, not scripted, so there are going to be distinct differences from anything rehearsed, edited, and read off monitors. I can personally identify with conforming as a way of cultural survival, had to live at least four decades before new learning was sought out on the basis of "passion", in the form of art school, followed by teaching, and continuing to present day. The reading for me was a bit pedantic, the video by Leah Buechley more "up my alley". I find the older I get, the more responsive I am to learning visually as opposed through text. As for scratch: 
I think I need to be enrolled in one of those classes for children... limited attempts at using it did not yield anything worth sharing, am not certain that with limited time I can get to doing more with it any time soon. 

is anyone clear on whether if we email to the machine for LC510 comments show up here as well or whether separate posts are required? 

hmm... navigating google plus (or not), thought I posted this to group yesterday, but it wound up on my profile page instead, so here it is here, my response to memories from my early learning
it seems I am the group dinosaur, and have been both at the receiving and giving end or education in varied styles over the course of decades. Much of my education was formulaic. Early days took place in uniformed, italian public schools, followed by emigration to US in the days when the second language was taught by putting non english speaking students in first grade until they "got by", in turn  using double promotions to try to make up for lost time.  I luckily escaped that routine with the proviso I could squeak by with English is less than 3 months. Nuns and uniforms followed in high school, Jesuits and lay teachers often "unfit" to teach men in nursing school, not the most inspiring. 
The freeform happened in my own imagination. I learned to read before formal schooling. The only toys I recall as a child were a wooden doll house chair and sofa that were for "inside" adventures, a rubber pirate knife and chalk for planning great escapes inspired by my readings (Tarzan and pirates were faves), which were methodically planned out on driveway surfaces and erased before being committed to memory to avoid discovery. One bright light was participating in a summer experimental math class at BC by Fr. Bezuska in summer 1959 (now that I did the math I feel even older!). Reading was always my great escape, and curiosity led me to explore outside immediate interests. In my 40s as my son applied to art schools, I did as well. Had thought about it in high school, but it was not a practical education for women that had to earn a living. My son attended RISD, I graduated from Mass Art in 3 years, and his senior year found me as faculty in the apparel and textile design departments. Art school was wonderfully liberating. A huge influence on me was a teacher that used what was described as the kindergarten approach in last week's talk and readings, and without knowing it, I believe that was also the approach I used in my own classes. 
Machine knitting continues to be my main interest and skill although I have not taught it formally for years now. I like working out technical issues, and exploring new fabrics, though I also do some production knitting of sale items. Missed teaching, and started blogging, sharing some of what I sort out or know.
Though I started my own schooling in days when computers did not exist, began using them in an Amiga lab in 1990, they have been part of my life since then, and I cannot imagine life without an internet, see the boundless possibilities for sharing and learning through its use.  

the course itself and associated readings have the potential to become evocative objects. My family emigrated via a voyage on the Andrea Doria when it sank in 1956, all our belongings went on to a new underwater life. In reading about knots, stars cellos, etc. I was reminded of my book seeking child self finding a copy of the Decameron (forbidden reading for Catholics BTW) in my grandmother's trunk, which became my pre teen reading. Isabella and the pot of basil was a favorite, still think I remember the illustration, and decades later I sought out the pre-Raphaelite painting of her and the pot in more than one museum.

Gears of my childhood... oh boy, what a struggle with this one. I don't recall any specific object or event from my childhood influencing my life except, perhaps, being the oldest of six I never ever had the want of having children of my own.

Some of my memories include a stuffed monkey I loved to death, literally... he went 'missing' when he was a falling apart, haggard old friend. A pedal car, I may only remember because of the drama surrounding it being stolen and then found a couple streets away.

I learned to ride a bicycle around 5yo, played softball around 7yo... enjoyed both. In the first grade, I was surprised to no end to see a nun could run (she was chasing a boy in the school yard), don't know why I was so surprised, guess it never occurred to me they were just as human as I!

In HS I had mild interest in journalism, photography and woodworking. I'm still a fair DIYer. The pc and internet came into my life in the late 80's. From there I learned about the stock market and building websites. Don't know what I'd do without Photoshop.

I'm definitely an Interest Based Learner and I do get bored easily which is why I still don't know what I want to do with my life.

Notes from session 2 readings/videos:
Interest Based Learning - passionate & fun. 
Connected Learning (video); "Might the information age have presented us with the opportunity for a fundamental re-imagining of the way we educate our children?" yes, definitely

"A work in progress - A work that should never be finished - A work that should never be afraid of failing" but should strive not to

"Most significant events are not predictable."

Focus diminishes serendipity and periphery.

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Attached excerpt, from Joi Ito. I wonder also.
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